Until I read Fast Food Nation and the Omnivore's Dilemma I had no idea how much I'd been spoiled growing up. I grew up in a very small town and we got our meat from the livestock auction at the county fair each summer. We'd get a pig and a side of beef each year. You'd also get a picture of the animal with the kid who raised it as their 4H or FFA project. And my sister raised lambs. (I tried 4H one year but it wasn't for me.) We had no illusions that these were once living creatures.
My wife, on the other hand, grew up in the LA suburbs. She thought that pork chops came from a giant machine in the back of Ralph's.